Yellow Sky

The remote island of The Tempest becomes a desolate ghost town in William Wellman’s skillfully crafted Western. A gang of robbers, led by charismatic outlaw Stretch (Gregory Peck), hold up a bank and then flee across the desert. Out of water and near death, they stumble upon Yellow Sky, an abandoned mining town inhabited only by an old prospector and his flinty granddaughter Mike (Anne Baxter), who falls under the predatory gaze of the gang. But when Stretch’s conniving lieutenant Dude (a perfectly cast Richard Widmark) becomes convinced that the prospector is hiding gold, the fragile truce between the two parties is stretched to its breaking point. Yellow Sky possesses all the great hallmarks of its genre: stunning vistas (filmed in part at Death Valley National Monument), nail-biting shootouts, a sneering villain, and a reluctantly noble hero. “Guns blaze, fists fly and passions tangle in the best realistic Western style.”—The New York Times.

Genres: Western